Christmas Special – Coming December 21st

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Hermey

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Hermey

Christmas Special - Coming December 21st

I have been working on a Christmas Special and it’s almost ready. It has nothing to do with Rudolph and nobody gets killed. However, it is a very special movie. To get you in the right frame of mind I have found a couple of articles related to our most famous red-nosed reindeer.

The Christmas Special will be available for download on December 21st around 8pm EST. I don’t think you will want to miss this.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer book

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer book

To get everyone in the mood to listen to the Christmas Special I took some time to think about an iconic image from film/tv history. Naturally I landed on Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer although where I come from Yukon Cornelius and the Bumble are the big stars. I found a couple of links about Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer that I thought were very interesting. They certainly helped me get in the mood for the holidays. It’s hard to believe that Rudolph is 50 years old. My how time flies when you’re having fun.

The book was written in 1939 for a Montgomery Wards advertizing campaign  It became really popular in 1947 when Gene Autry released the song by the same name.

Did you know that when Rudolph, Hermey, and Yukon went to the island of misfit toys and promised to return. In the original Christmas special they never mentioned the island again. So many people complained that they made a new scene where Santa goes to the island with Rudolph in the lead.

Burl Ives, who was the snowman and narrator sang most of the songs. He replaced another singer that had done over 20 takes before he was replaced.

I always liked when Yukon picked the ground, liked his pick, and said “nothing.” I have believed for most of my life that he was tasting for silver and gold. I recently found out that he was searching for a mysterious peppermint mine. I wouldn’t mind finding that myself.

Yukon’s sled dogs included a cocker spaniel, a poodle, a Saint Bernard, a collie, and a dachshund. The Santa puppet was 8 inches  tall and Rudolph was only 4 tall and could fit in the palm of your hand.

Hermey was the only male elf with hair and round ears. As the final song ends he is seen talking to a girl elf giving the impression that he would find a girlfriend as well.

I consider myself somewhat of an expert on this movie but I would have bet money that the Elf that wanted to be a dentist was named Herbie not Hermey. Test you knowledge and see how you do.

NT

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